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Joint Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business

Joint Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business

Academic year 2023-2024

General information

General information

Joint Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business
Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, Faculty of Law
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Why a Doctoral degree in Law, Economics and Business?

Studies included in the doctoral programme in Law, Economics and Business:

  • they offer high quality research training to enable participants to undertake a career in research and/or teaching in academic institutions, research centres, higher education schools, businesses, consultancy firms and/or government organisations;
  • they enable the development of research skills that ensure students are able to coordinate and undertake the research itself;
  • they generate new knowledge, both in basic and applied research, and
  • they invigorate the research activity in the fields of law, economics and business.

Why study in Girona or Vic

  • Although Girona and Vic are relatively small Universities, the Doctoral Programme enjoys the collaboration of nationally and internationally recognised research groups.
  • Because the Departments of Law, Economics and Business are small, doctoral students receive individual and personalised supervision.
  • With respect to the quality of life in all towns with over 10,000 inhabitants in Spain, Girona and Vic are among the top 50.
  • The joint programme in Law, Economics and Business enables doctoral students to approach questions from different perspectives if they deem it appropriate.

 skills developed by students on the Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business

  • The systematic understanding of the field of study and mastery of the research skills and methods related to law, economics and business.
  • The capacity to conceive, design or create, put into practice and adopt a substantial research or creation process.
  • Capacity to contribute to expanding the borders of knowledge through original research.
  • The capacity to conduct a critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas
  • Capacity to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general, in the field of tourism, law and business, in the languages habitually used among the international scientific community.
  • Capacity to foster, in academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social or cultural advances in a knowledge-based society.

Learning objectives

Studies included in the Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business are geared towards training researchers in lines of research within the relevant fields of knowledge of the UdG and the UVic in accordance with the following general objectives:

  • advanced training of high-quality researchers in the fields of knowledge of the UdG and the UVic;
  • the generation and dissemination of new knowledge, both in basic and applied research, and
  • invigoration of the research activity in the fields of law, economics and business.

Lines of research

1. Judicial process and complementary or alternative means of conflict resolution

Research: Centre for Advanced Studies on Process and Justice, (CEAPJ); Current Questions of Procedural Law

Directors: Dr M. Teresa Armenta TenDr Guillem Ormazábal SánchezDr Susanna Oromí Vallllovera, Dr Sílvia Pereira Puigvert

Contact: Dr Susanna Oromí Vallllovera

2. The challenges of Public Law and Criminology in the 21st century

The International Community in the 21st century: the challenges of the EU and other international entities

Research: Managing Immigration, Free Movement of People and Workers' Rights

Directors: Dr Mariona Illamola Dausà, Dr Maria Esther Jordana Santiago

Contact person: Dr Mariona Illamola Dausà

Rights and institutions in the current constitutionalism

Research: Fundamental Rights in Composite States

Directors:  Dr M. Angel Cabellos Espiérrez Dr Marco Aparicio Wilhelmi, Dr Anna M. Pla Boix

Contact:  Dr M. Angel Cabellos Espiérrez

Tax Law and public expenditure law

Research: Analysis of public law: special reference to financial law and tax law

Directors: Dr Lluïsa Esteve PardoDr Esteve Quintana Ferrer, Dr Alberto Navarro García

Contact: Dr. Lluïsa Esteve Pardo

Criminology and System of Criminal Law in the 21st century (Criminological Problems, Social Development, Criminal Law, Criminal Policy, Prisons and Sentences)

Research: Seminar on Penal and Criminological Sciences ; UNESCO International Chair for Sustainable Human Development

Directors: Dr Daniel Varona GómezDr Ester Blay Gil, Dr Leanid Kazyrytski, Dr Gonzalo Escobar Marulanda, Dr Ignacio González Sánchez, Steven Kemp, Cristina Vasilescu, José María López Riba

Contact: Dr. Daniel Varona Gómez

Internationalisation of Public Law and regulation in the face of the new social challenges of the Rule of Law

Research: Department of Public Law

Directors: Dr M. Dolors Canals AmetllerDr M. Mercè Darnaculleta GardellaDr Susanna Oromí ValllloveraDr M. Jesús Gutiérrez del Moral

Contact:  Dr M. Dolors Canals Ametller

The challenges of Administrative Law in the 21st century

Research: Seminar on Administrative Law; Centre for Public Authority Innovation and Management

Directors:  Dr M. Mercè Darnaculleta Gardella, Dr Josep M. Aguirre Font Dr Joan M. Trayter Jiménez

Contact:  Dr Joan M. Trayter Jiménez

3. Politics, Institutions and Public Policies

Politics, Institutions and Public Policies

Research: Political Science Research Group

Directors: Dr Salvador Martí Puig, Dr Gemma Ubasart GonzálezDr Alberto Martín ÁlvarezDr Guiomar Rovira Sancho

Contact: Dr. Gemma Ubasart González

Social inequalities, inclusion and cohesion: evidence, implications and impact

Research: -ERR:REF-NOT-FOUND--ERR:REF-NOT-FOUND-IGESI Interdisciplinary Research Group in Gender and Social Inequalities

Directors: Dr Roger Campdepadrós Cullell, Dr Albert Sabater Coll

Contact person: Dr Roger Campdepadrós Cullell

4. European and comparative Private law: Civil liability law, contract law and family law

Research: Institute of European and Comparative Private Law

Directors: Dr. Miquel Martín Casals, Dr. Jordi Ribot Igualada, Dr. Josep Solé Feliu, Dr. Albert Ruda González

Contact: Dr. Miquel Martín Casals

5. Historical and philosophical analysis of Law

Historical analysis of Law

Research: History of Legal Science

Directors: Dr José María Pérez Collados, Dr Tünde Mikes and Dr Manuel Vial Dumas

Contact: Dr. José María Pérez Collados

Roman Private Law and Catalan legal tradition

Directors: Dr José Luís Linares Pineda

Contact: Dr. José Luís Linares Pineda

Philosophical analysis of Law

Research: Area of Philosophy of Law, Chair of Legal Culture

Directors: Dr Jordi Ferrer Beltran, Dr M. Isabel Narváez Mora, Dr Diego M. Papayannis, Dr M. Carmen Vázquez RojasDr Edgar Aguilera Garcia, Dr Diego dei Vecchi

Contact: Dr. Jordi Ferrer Beltran

Law and Literature

Directors: Jose María Perez ColladosManuel José Vial Dumas

Contact person: Jose María Perez Collados

Other legal cultures

Directors: Jose María Perez ColladosManuel José Vial Dumas, Marco Aparicio Wilhelmi

Contact: Dr José María Pérez Collados

6. The evolution of Commercial Law, Employment Law and immigration in the EU and Spain

The evolution of Employment Law in Spain and Europe

Research: Chair of Immigration, Rights and Citizenship

Director: Dr Ferran Camas Roda

Contact: Dr. Ferran Camas Roda

The current evolution of Commercial Law

Research: Research Group on Government, structure and restructuring of trading companies

Directors: Dr. Josep Oriol Llebot Majó, Dr. Víctor Martínez Mulero

Contact: Dr. Josep Oriol Llebot Majó

7. Economic and Business Analysis

Economic analysis: environment, energy, public policies, inequality, institutions and collective decisions, human capital

Research: Economic-analysis research group (GRAE)

Directors: Dr Elena del Rey CanteliDr Renan Goetz, Dr M. Dolors Berga ColomDr Nicolás BoccardDr Andreas KyriacouDr José Ignacio Silva BecerraDr Àngels Xabadia PalmadaDr Sara Ayllón GatnauDr Esther Martínez García, Dr Joaquín Naval Navarro, Dr Anna Pérez Quintana (UVic), Dr Jordi Rosell Segura, Dr Anna Sabata Aliberch (UVic), Ferran Elías Moreno

Contact: Dr. Elena del Rey Canteli

Sectoral economic analysis and assessment (tourism, culture, industry, fishing). Economic impact assessments: indicators and sectorial policies

Research: Economy, industry and services

Directors: Dr Modest Fluvià FontDr Ricard Rigall TorrentDr Nela Filimon CostínDr Anna Garriga Ripoll, Dr Ramon Ballester González, Dr Núria Arimany Serrat (UVic), Dr Elisenda Tarrats-Pons (UVic), Dr José Antonio Corral Marfil (UVic)

Contact: Dr. Anna Garriga Ripoll

8. Enterprise, accounting and finance

Accounting and entrepreneurial history

Research: Accounting and Mathematics for the Economy and Business

Directors: Dr Josep Viñas Xifra, Dr Maria Àngels Farreras Noguer, Dr Helena Benito MundetDr Germà Coenders Gallart, Dr Miquel Carreras Simó, Dr Núria Arimany Serrat (UVic), Dr Elisenda Tarrats-Pons (UVic), Dr Anna Sabata Aliberch (UVic), Dr Anna Pérez Quintana (UVic)

Contact: Dr. Helena Benito Mundet

Finances and corporate social responsibility

Research: Economy, industry and services

Directors: Dr M. Teresa Bosch Badia, Dr Núria Arimany Serrat (UVic), Dr Anna Sabata Aliberch (UVic)

Contact:  Dr M. Teresa Bosch Badia

Applications of fuzzy logic to the economy and business management

Research: Accounting and Mathematics for the Economy and Business

Directors: Dr. Joan Carles Ferrer Comalat, Dr. Salvador Linares Mustarós, Dr. Jaume Gil Lafuente

Contact: Dr. Joan Carles Ferrer Comalat

9. Business organisation

Research: Advanced Research Group for Business Dynamics and the Impact of New Technologies on Organizations. GRADIENT ;; Chamber of Commerce Chair of Family Enterprises

Directors: D. Martí Casadesús Fa, Dr M. Pilar Marquès GouDr Anna Arbussà Reixach, Dr Núria Arimany Serrat (UVic), Dr Elisenda Tarrats-Pons (UVic)

Contact: Dr. Anna Arbussà Reixach

10. Management and innovation in production systems

Research: Department of Organisation, Business Management and Product Design; Chair of Occupational Safety and Health; Research Group on Process, Product and Production Engineering. Grec

Directors: Dr Rudi de Castro Vila, Dr Joaquim de Ciurana Gay, Dr Josep Llach Pagès, Dr Gerusa Giménez Leal, Dr Xavier Ferràs Hernández (UVic), Dr Petra Nylund (UVic)

Contact: Dr. Josep Llach Pagès

11. Knowledge management and innovation

Research: Organisational networks, innovation and development of tourism strategies and tourist products (ONIT); Department of Organisation, Business Management and Product Design; Group of Analysis of the Reception of Audiovisual Screens - ARPA

Directors: Dr Jaume Guia JulveDr Andrea BikfalviDr Gerusa Giménez LealDr Josep Llach PagèsDr Maria del Carmen Echazarreta Soler (specialisation Communication, Publicity and Public Relations), Dr Xavier Ferràs Hernández (UVic), Dr Petra Nylund (UVic)

Contact: Dr. Andrea Bikfalvi

12. Quantitative methods in research for economics and business

Research: Statistics, Econometrics and Health Research Group (GRECS)

Directors: Dr M. Antònia Barceló Rado,  Dr Germà Coenders Gallart, Dr Marc Sáez Zafra, Dr M. Carme Saurina Canals, Dr Lluís Coromina Soler, Dr Laura Vall-llosera Casanovas, Dr Gemma Renart Vicens, Dr Laura Serra SaurinaDr Joan Carles Martori Cañas (UVic), Dr Ramon Oller Piqué (UVic), Dr Josep Lluís García Domingo (UVic), Dr Rafa Madariaga Sánchez (UVic)

Contact: Dr. Germà Coenders Gallart


The Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business is governed by Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, that establishes the organisation of official doctoral studies programmes. The access requirements are those set out in this Royal Decree and which can be consulted at the following web address

Admission criteria

Report by a researcher from the doctoral programme who is willing to undertake the direction or co-direction of the thesis, on the suitability of the applicant in terms of their previous education and the suitability of their research project.

In their appraisal of the candidates, the Academic Committee of the doctoral degree will also take the following aspects into account:

  1. Academic record: 60%
  2. Professional experience and knowledge of languages: 30%
  3. Motivation and extent to which the project is aligned with one of the lines of research that make up the programme: 10%

Training courses

Regarding educational activities, the School of Doctoral Studies organises courses, seminars and other cross-disciplinary educational activities (soft skills) directed at research training and assisting with the writing and presentation of the doctoral thesis. We ask that the courses be given in English as our language of choice, although Catalan is the language most frequently used. They are generally 10-hour courses or seminars. There are a series of activities that are transferable and are of interest to all doctoral programmes, and others that are specific to a particular doctoral programme 

Educational course catalogue


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Doctoral student guide

Doctoral Programme in Law, Economics and Business

Rating criteria for special awards for doctoral degrees

The criteria for the doctoral degree special award for our programme have now been established. The scoring proposal is as follows:

  1. Scientific impact of the thesis (up to 2 points)
  2. Publications resulting from the thesis and its quality indexes (up to 1.5 points)
  3. National and/or international research stays (up to 1.5 points). In circumstances where mobility remains limited, the maximum score would be 1 point, with the remaining 0.5 for “Other aspects of the syllabus”
  4. Participation in congresses, seminars and talks (up to 1.5 points)
  5. Participation in research projects (up to 0.5 point)
  6. Reports from reviewers and thesis board members (up to 1 point)
  7. Other aspects of the author’s CV related to the thesis, such as awards or acknowledgements (up to 1 point)

Compulsory training for doctoral students

Compulsory education:  20 h. of cross-disciplinary education to be chosen from the courses offered by the School of Doctoral Studies. 

The Academic Committee considers it highly advisable to attend one of the following courses:

  • "Defining, writing and publishing doctoral works on Economics and Business".
  • “Writing and publishing a doctoral thesis in Law"

All the courses offered on the doctoral programme

Criteria required in the doctoral theses for summary of publications

Minimum of 3 publications resulting from the doctoral student’s own research, where they have been the main author. All of these will have to have been published or accepted after the first enrolment on the doctoral programme. At least 2 of the 3 publications will have to be articles published or accepted in academic journals. The third (or subsequent) work may consist of an article in an academic journal or in a chapter forming part of a more extensive work. 

Further to the previous requirements, the following optional ones must be added:

Option 1: At least one academic article will have to have been published or accepted in journal in the first or second quartile of JCR-WOS or SCOPUS.

Option 2: Minimum of 3 articles, of which two must be published or accepted for publication in a journal from any quartile of the JCR-WOS or the SCOPUS, or the two first quartiles of the IN-RECS, INRECJ or ERIH, or the Latindex catalogue (covering at least 30/33 of the indicators established for printed journals and 32/38 for electronic journals).

If changes occur in the quality catalogues mentioned, or new catalogues are incorporated, the Academic Committee will be able to adjust the criteria established, providing this does not imply a change in the level of quality required.


The Doctoral Programme in Law Economics and Business (DEE) organises a seminar for its doctoral students. The doctoral students have the possibility of presenting either their research project or the status of the research project which is already under way. Following this there will be a discussion with the attendees of the seminar and the members of the Academic Committee of the Law, Economics and Business programme. 

The seminar is open to all teachers at the UdG and to all the doctoral students on the Law, Economics and Business programme. The participation of the students is voluntary, except in the cases referred to in point two of the following paragraph. The seminars will be organised yearly at the end of each academic year. 

The organisation of the seminars has a twofold purpose: On the one hand, to give general academic support to doctoral students. On the other hand, students who ask for an extension in order to enrol on the fourth or fifth year of their doctoral studies (full-time students) or on the sixth or seventh year (part-time students) must present the status of their research at the seminar. In these circumstance, where an extension is requested, a written presentation is not considered to be sufficient. Instead, it needs to be accompanied by an oral presentation at the aforementioned seminar. This not only enables the doctoral student to receive external feedback on their work, it also provides the Academic Committee with information on which to base their decision with regard to the requested extension.Alternatively, doctoral students can provide evidence of having presented the status of their work at some other seminar organised by a department, by a research institute, by a research group or by a faculty of the UdG

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